New Delhi, January 11
With the high transmissibility of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, India is likely to witness a sharp spike in the number of cases in the coming days, however, following COVID appropriate behavior and vaccination could help contain the spread of the disease, noted a top health expert. India reported more than 1.5 lakh new COVID-19 cases for the third consecutive day on Tuesday.
The country reported 1,68,063 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed today.
Speaking to ANI, Chairman of COVID-19 Working Group of National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) Dr. NK Arora said, “The peak will depend on the virus transmission, and how well the community adheres to the COVID appropriate behavior. If the COVID norms are violated, a faster and taller peak is likely to occur. On the other hand, vaccination and administrative actions like night curfews, and weekend curfews tend to flatten the curve.”
“The way that the IIT Kanpur model has shown, it looks like, the transmission is taking place very actively and we should be reaching our peak in the near future. But it is likely to last for several weeks before it subsides,” he added.Asked about the kind of variant of COVID-19 mostly being detected in the country amid the ongoing third wave, Dr. Arora said that by the behavior of the virus, it seems that the wave is driven by the Omicron variant. “It appears that most of the COVID cases being reported in the country now are of the Omicron variant. The initial experience from the genomic surveillance showed that from 10 days to two weeks, over 90 percent of the virus is circulating in the big cities like Delhi, Pune, Mumbai which is the Omicron variant. The behavior, mild illness, everybody in the family getting infected, it looks like the surge is driven by Omicron,” he said.